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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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Mesa, Arizona
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We stayed at this hotel without a recommendation - it was rated 4+ so we took a chance. We won't go back or recommend for the following reasons: 1) room was noisy - faced a busy street - heavy traffic throughout the night; 2) noisy corridors; could hear everything in the hall, got much worse about 2am each night; 3)...

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Encinitas, CA
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a night here around a concert event, and really enjoyed our stay. We liked the bar, the proximity to the Red Fox, and other places in the neighborhood. Staff was super good as well. One tip: parking is available in the neighbor hood if you want to avoid parking charges

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Winnipeg, MB Canada
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We recently returned from our first visit to San Diego March 4-8, 2017. We remember many good things about San Diego. First, it is a delightful city to visit when you come from cold and snowy Canada. Second surprise, was that the LaFayette was a delightful hotel with a very accomodating staff, in particular, Syndey, without whom we would have...

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Davenport, Iowa
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I checked in late one night and was given a room above the front entrance. This was fine, however, it can get loud because people congregate outside the entrance and talk/smoke. The bed was fine, although it was a bit squeaky when trying to get comfortable. Shower was great. Everything was clean. There were random light switches that didn't belong...

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would give this hotel a higher rating for it's wonderful pool and history, however, instead of being a wonderful, exclusive boutique swim club and bungalows, it has been turned into a party location. If that's what you are looking for, this place is perfect. If not, avoid in the summer and at weekends. They allow non-hotel residents to use...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Sophie, Thank you for complimenting our rich history and style, that includes our famous Weissmuller Pool. However, I am sorry that you were not completely satisfied with your stay. You deserved to have a better experience as our guest, and we are happy that we were able to refund your stay based on the circumstances, because our guests' experience...

Los Angeles, California, United States
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a cabana by the pool which we recommend for others. All the staff were great. The neighborhood is laid back. Everything is great around here. Check it out for sure if you are into the classic American style.

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Jed, Thank you for your sterling review! We are so happy to hear that you had such an enjoyable stay with us here at The Lafayette. We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, and getting feedback on it is always greatly appreciated. Our staff works hard to make sure our guests feel well taken care of,...

Bradenton, Florida
Reviewed 1 week ago

Neat 40's-50's decor. Good breakfast cafe. Very noisy at night when hosting outside parties. Poor service when trying to book stay. Repeated promises to call back with availability with 0 response. Bathrooms could be cleaner.

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and feedback. We are sorry to hear about some of the negative experiences you had while staying with us, but we are glad you otherwise enjoyed your stay. We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, and we are happy that you enjoyed it. The noise issues you experienced can occur during our...

San Diego
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is the best hotel that i ever stay. I enjoyed every minute while i stay. The room was big . There is a bar and restaurant and also small grocery shop there.. even laundry room . I love the pool there. Also there is a restaurant call Red Fox is right next to the hotel. I heard that they...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Steven, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Guests often comment on our beautiful Weissmuller pool, and we’re happy that you enjoyed it as well. Thank you so much for your strong recommendation!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked The Lafayette because of the New York Times article, "36 Hours in San Diego." The updated "motel-style" rooms are large -our 2nd floor room overlooked the pool with our own balcony. The pool is 25 meters, perfect for laps, plus has a 7ft deep end. Would recommend breakfast and/or drinks in the restaurant - we went both days....

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Sue, We are so happy that the NYT article led you to the Lafayette. Our staff takes great pride in the quality of service provided to our guests, thank you for your kind words. Guests often comment on our ideal location, close to so much of what San Diego has to offer, and we are happy you did as...

La Mirada, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the vibe of this place. Room was spacious, nothing glitzy but simple and clean overlooking the large lap pool which was surrounded by palm trees. We felt like we were living in an earlier time when life was easier . . . very relaxing sitting in the rocking chair with the sun streaming in from the French doors leading...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Ann, Your review made our day! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us here at the The Lafayette. We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, harkening the golden age of Hollywood. We always appreciate when we receive feedback on it. Guests often comment on our historic Weissmuller Pool; we are glad you...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Built in 1946, the Lafayette has been the site of historical glamour, and offers a unique change from a typical hotel experience. Among its famous guests were Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and Betty Grable. Inside, the Mississippi Ballroom took center stage where Hollywood’s stars came to dance the night away. Conveniently located to all shopping, entertainment and business areas, the historic Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is, indeed, the best lodging choice in San Diego. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Address: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104-1103
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $141 - $294 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 133
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Also Known As:
Lafayette Hotel San Diego
Lafayette San Diego
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#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
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“If you need a good nights sleep ask for a quiet room, check it out before you take it.”
 of 5 bubbles Doreen25, 27 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Request one away from front entrance”
 of 5 bubbles hawktraveler8, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
“if you want to be loud and party, go by the pool, if you want to be quiet, get rooms at the back of the hotel, away from the partying”
 of 5 bubbles 306sophiej, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Choose one of the rooms by the pool if you plan to hang by the pool.”
 of 5 bubbles Jed_Schipper, 18 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Stay here at the Historic LaFayette Hotel”
 of 5 bubbles jeassmus, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
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